Citizen’s Participation, voice and inclusion

 Citizen’s Participation, voice and inclusion

Democratic governance requires effective citizen participation in key governance and democratization processes. It also entails that citizens are informed of their rights and obligations; are responsible and active; understand how to engage and voice their interests; and act collectively to hold public officials accountable.

Accountable Decision Making

Accountability and decision making requires both state and Non state Actors to increase transparency, accountability, application of rule of law as well as ethics and integrity (eradication of corruption) at all levels within government, private sector and civil society. Applications under this area include Social Accountability Monitoring and Public Expenditure Tracking. CERC enhances Universities to :

a) Support youth’s participation in planning and budgeting processes (resource allocation and distribution) as well as accounting for public resource use/management at local and national levels. The target areas : Uvira and Bukavu

b) Support student in Public Expenditure Tracking in the education sector, target areas are Uvira, Walungu, Fizi, Kabare, Kalehe and Idjwi.

c) Public Expenditure Tracking  in the health sector, target areas are Uvira, Walungu, Fizi, Kabare, Kalehe and Idjwi.

 Effective Public service delivery

Poor governance and accountability often leads to inefficient, ineffective and nonresponsive state systems hence inability to consistently and sustainably deliver critical social services, such as universal access to water and sanitation, education, health. CERC seeks to increase engagements between the State, civil society and private sector to improve quality, timeliness and appropriateness of public service delivery.

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CHALLENGE

Corruption in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is an endemic problem, and seriously hinders businesses operating in the country. It permeates all levels of government and all sectors of the economy, rendering the country’s investment education as one of the least competitive. Clientelism, rent-seeking and patronage have decimated fair competition, particularly in the sectors of public procurement. Corruption has also impeded efforts to increase the transparency of public services.Many young people in DRC still struggle to attain a good education. Decades of civil war as well as the government’s weakness has devastated educational infrastructure and institutions in DRC. As a result many young people are left behind and fail to gain the skills they need to secure their future. Education accounts for less than 3% of government expenditure, well below the average for sub Saharan Africa, and contributes to 56% of youth in DRC currently not attending secondary school . Furthermore, a lack of control from central government, combined with instability especially during elections, means that the constant threat of violence breaking out hangs over the country.

SOLUTION:

Young people have the potential to drive real change as today’s citizens and tomorrow’s leaders. Many young people are passionate about creating a better society in their communities. To act on their values, they need the skills and knowledge that today’s integrity building and anti-corruption activists and researchers offer throughout Integrity Clubs.

Young people discuss topics and carry out a mix of theoretical and practical activities within the Integrity Clubs. For instance, young people engage in role plays to understand how to act with integrity when faced with a difficult situation, or organise debates around freedom of Information, good citizenship and good governance. Topics include integrity, corruption, transparency, accountability, inclusivity, rights and responsibilities of a good citizen, and leadership.

A major component of Integrity Clubs is the Community Integrity Building approach, where trained young people are engaged to monitor public services and infrastructure projects to provide citizen-led oversight and feedback.